Ex-husband’s current wife arrested for Gresham murder

Annastasia Hester was killed in June 2016

An October 4, 2017 booking photo of Angela Rose McCraw-Hester from the Bannock County Jail in Idaho.
An October 4, 2017 booking photo of Angela Rose McCraw-Hester from the Bannock County Jail in Idaho.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than a year after a Gresham mom was stabbed to death, police in Idaho arrested the current wife of the slain woman’s ex-husband.

Annastasia Hester died at the hospital on June 10, 2016 after she was attacked. She had been able to call 911 for help but was too severely injured to describe her attacker to police.

Annastasia Hester -- Ann to her friends and family -- was killed in Gresham on June 10, 2016, is seen with her daughter in this undated courtesy photo
Annastasia Hester — Ann to her friends and family — was killed in Gresham on June 10, 2016, is seen with her daughter in this undated courtesy photo

On October 4, Gresham detectives arrested Angela Rose McCraw-Hester, the current wife of Annastasia Hester’s ex-husband, Matthew Hester. She was taken into custody in Pocatello, Idaho as detectives searched her home on a warrant.

The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office confirmed early Thursday that Matthew Hester has been booked into the county jail on allegations of resisting and obstructing. Staff at the jail tell us that Matthew Hester’s charges are local charges to Idaho and were developed while detectives were at his residence. Gresham police could not be reached to confirm Matthew Hester is a suspect in his ex-wife’s death. Staff at the jail said, as of 4:30 a.m. Thursday, he has not been served an out of state warrant.

Matthew Hester, October 5, 2017 (Pocatello, Idaho police)
Matthew Hester, October 5, 2017 (Pocatello, Idaho police)

A booking photo for Matthew Hester was released mid-morning Thursday.

When KOIN 6 News asked if Matthew Hester was a suspect in the homicide, a police official said, “Not at this point.”

McCraw-Hester is being held in the Bannock County Jail and awaits extradition to Multnomah County.

“This is going to bring up a lot of emotions,” Sgt. John Rasmussen with the Gresham Police said. “I think both happy and sad emotions as they think about what they’re missing out on but also glad that somebody is in custody.”

Annastasia’s mother, Beth McBride, told KOIN 6 News she is happy and relieved that police have a made an arrest. She is traveling to Idaho to be with her granddaughter, Alice, Annastasia’s young daughter who has been living with her father.

According to court documents, McBride has been petitioning for visitation rights and to be her granddaughter’s conservator, as she is the beneficiary of Annastasia’s life insurance and estate.

After the murder, detectives combed the area around the Eastpark Apartments where she was attacked, including the nearby Springwater Corridor.

The Hester residence in Pocatello, Idaho is searched after Angela Rose McCraw-Hester was arrested for a 2016 murder in Gresham, October 5, 2017 (Pocatello police)
The Hester residence in Pocatello, Idaho is searched after Angela Rose McCraw-Hester was arrested for a 2016 murder in Gresham, October 5, 2017 (Pocatello police)